History

Encapsulating a story this vast is nearly impossible. It’s not, and never was, just the history of Bitwise – it’s the story of countless people, of a community, of a city that would not settle for less than it deserved. That’s some powerful knowledge, but it’s meaningless without the agreement to work your ass off. So, that’s what we’ve been doing. With no more excuses, we’ve spent each day, month, and year igniting a revolution – not just of technology, but of self-imposed limitations.


With three ingredients
we've ignited a
technological tidal wave.

Since July 1, 2013, the day we opened Bitwise Mural District, we’ve expanded three key areas of the Central Valley’s tech scene: education, place, and industry. Like a line of dominos, each of these three areas has been essential to knocking over the next, causing a chain reaction in the technology industry.

Geekwise Academy has equipped thousands of students of all ages with real-world technology skills while building on-ramps for those traditionally left out of the tech industry. Through this accelerated training program, 4,000+ people have developed apps, started companies, and created technology to solve worldwide challenges.

We’ve developed and leased hundreds of thousands of square feet of long-forgotten space in downtown Fresno. More than 100,000 square feet and Fresno’s first rooftop conference center is currently underway, inching us closer to a technology campus to house hundreds of companies and thousands of new tech jobs in Fresno. Here, Fortune 500, local startup, and everything in between geek out side by side.

Our custom-software company, Shift3 Technologies, hires the very best out of Geekwise Academy, proving it’s possible to build stellar technology and top-notch companies in unexpected places, using that diverse army of nontraditional talent.

In each Bitwise venue, in each underdog city, these efforts produce a dynamic and inclusive tech industry. As growth spills out of Bitwise to neighboring developments, it impacts every facet of each of those cities, empowering its residents to improve their own lives and, in the process, transform the place they call home.

“I love the feeling I get when I walk into the building.”
Talisha Brantley, Community Liasion
Meet the Bitwise Team
Jake Soberal
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Bitwise Industries
Alex
Gutierrez
Community Outreach Coordinator, Geekwise Academy
Terry
Solis
Director, Geekwise Academy
Talisha
Brantley
Community Liaison, Bitwise Industries
Irma Olguin Jr
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Bitwise Industries
JP
Prendergast
Business Development Manager, Shift3 Technologies
Landon
Brokaw
Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Shift3 Technologies
Sal
Lucatero
Special Assistant to the CEO, Bitwise Industries
Beth
Mily
President, Bitwise Industries & CEO, Geekwise Academy
Channelle
Charest
Vice President of Operations, Bitwise Industries
Greg
Goforth
Chief Technology Officer, Shift3 Technologies
Miguel
Alarcon
Product Officer, Ordrslip
“I love the feeling I get when I walk into the building.”
Talisha Brantley, Community Liasion
Meet the Bitwise Team